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Science & Technology

A person looking at a brain image on a monitor while someone else is helped into an MRI in the background.

New Parts of the Brain Become Active After Students Learn Physics - Study

A new study out of Drexel University showed that, when confronted with physics problems, new parts of a student's brain are utilized after receiving instruction in the topic.
Nick Barber

Drexel Student Finds Perfect Fit for Volcano Research Through Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Nicholas Barber, a geoscience student from the College of Arts and Sciences, has become the second Drexel student to be awarded the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, making his PhD program at the University of Cambridge cost-free.
Kara Spiller, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems, has received a prestigious NSF CAREER award.

Improving Biomaterials, Repairing Injuries

Kara Spiller, PhD, an assistant professor in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University, has received a National Science Foundation's (NSF) Early Career (CAREER) award to develop a new technology that will better control the modification of biomaterials.
A pilot study subject wears a wireless fNIRS headband while researchers on the ground measure his cognitive workload. (Credit: ISAE-SUPAERO)

Reading the Minds of Pilots on the Fly

New research from Drexel biomedical engineers paves the way to improve the safety and efficiency of aircraft-pilot interactions.
snake skin

What Can Snakes Teach Us About Engineering Friction?

If you want to know how to make a sneaker with better traction in the rain, just ask a snake. That’s the theory driving the research of

Hisham Abdel-Aal, PhD, an associate teaching professor in Drexel University’s College of Engineering who is studying snake skin to help engineers improve the design of textured surfaces, such as engine cylinder liners, prosthetic joints — and yes, maybe even footwear.

Ellen Garven observing for BMES-596

In the Flesh: Drexel Biomedical Engineering Students Gain Surgical Insight in Clinical Settings

Students in the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems who take BMES-596 are invited to observe on surgical floors at Hahnemann University Hospital and flex their imaginative muscles through final projects.



MXene soft assembly

A Soft Solution to the Hard Problem of Energy Storage

Recently published research from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, shows a new technique for manipulating two-dimensional materials that allows them to be shaped into films of a practically usable thickness, while maintaining the properties that make them exceptional candidates for use in supercapacitor electrodes. 

 
Students learning

Drexel Teacher Residents Will Earn a Salary While Working Towards Certification in Philadelphia District Schools

Drexel University’s School of Education is partnering with the School District of Philadelphia to support Drexel’s Philadelphia Teacher Residency program, which will provide salaries, benefits and scholarships to aspiring STEM teachers.

A fruit fly standing on a plant's leaf.

Restoring Epigenetic Balance Reinstates Memory in Flies With Alzheimer's Disease Symptoms

A study from Drexel University showed that restoring a balance between two epigenetic regulator enzymes restored learning and memory function in flies that displayed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
third-hand smoke

'Non-Smoking' Doesn't Mean Smoke-Free — Drexel Study Finds Third-Hand Smoke Spreads Inside

Despite decades of indoor smoking bans and restrictions, new research from Drexel University suggests the toxins we’ve been trying to keep out are still finding their way into the air inside. Findings by a group of environmental engineers show that third-hand smoke, the chemical residue from cigarette smoke that attaches to anything and anyone in the vicinity of a smoke cloud, can make its way into the air and circulate through buildings where no one is smoking.
A drawing of the Hyneria Lindae

25 Years of Fossil Collecting Yields Clearest Picture Yet of Extinct 12-Foot Aquatic Predator

More than two decades of exploration at a Pennsylvania fossil site have given Academy of Natural Sciences paleontologists their best idea of how a giant, prehistoric predator would have looked and behaved.
A microscopic image of plasmodium cells

Malaria-Carrying Parasites Spread More When They Can Jump Into Multiple Birds - Study

A study out of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University found that blood parasites that cause malaria spread more widely if they can use many different kinds of birds as hosts. But even those "generalist" parasites are limited.
Betsy Payne teachers WINS I students about oyster dissection.

WINS Program Celebrates 35 Years of Opportunity 

The Women in Natural Sciences program at the Academy of Natural Sciences introduces Philadelphia-area high school girls to STEM-focused interactive learning and careers.